An illuminated wood stump made by Duncan Meerding
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
5 March, 6 – 8pm

Alternative Sensory World: In Conversation with Duncan Meerding

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Join designer Duncan Meerding and Kimberley Crofts as they explore Duncan’s creative practice that works directly at the intersection of Access and Design. This fascinating discussion will unpack Duncan’s renowned furniture and lighting design practice, allowing the audience to gain valuable insight into his process working as a creative practitioner who is legally blind.

Duncan Meerding is a furniture and lighting designer based in Hobart, Tasmania. Working with a range of materials, his designs draw heavily from the vast natural beauty of the Tasmanian wilderness. With a focus on form and texture, Meerding’s work features organic curving lines inspired by the local landscape.

The relationship between light and shadow and light dispersion are also integral to Meerding’s design process. Being legally blind with less than 5% of sight remaining, the vision of light emanating from the peripheries of different objects, reflects the alternative sensory world within which Duncan designs.

Kimberley Crofts is a principal at Meld Studios. She is a connector of people and ideas with an endless curiosity for understanding complex systems.

Kimberley’s exceptional research and synthesis skills support her in working with our clients to understand the services at play in their organisations. Since 2011 she has helped Meld clients to identify the opportunities that will have greatest impact for them and their customers. She has recently led projects spanning the arts, transport, financial services, and placemaking.

Kimberley has over 20 years of experience as a designer here and in the UK and is very active in the design community. In 2016 she presented at museum technology conferences in Los Angeles and New Orleans, and has previously lectured and taught design at various universities. She has also been a judge for the ixDA and the Victorian Premier’s Design Awards. Kimberley holds a Master of Information Design from the University of Reading (UK) and a Bachelor of Design (Visual Communication) from UTS.

Image: Cracked Log Lamp, Duncan Meerding. Photography by Jan Dallas.

The venue is wheelchair accessible and this event will be Auslan Interpreted and Audio Described. Please let us know your access requirements by emailing or calling (02) 9217 0111

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Presented in collaboration with Accessible Arts.

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